Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Getting a Piece of the Stimulus Pie
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
New York, NY —
New York's education advocates are hoping they can get their hands on $1.6 billion of the federal governments stimulus plan.
Michael Mulgrew of the United Federation of Teachers says the union has put enormous pressure on local politicians to support the plan.
MULGREW: We have had thousands of communications, faxes to our Congressional delegation. We want to thank them for listening. We have had numerous, hundreds of people visiting Congressional delegation people, pushing them on this issue.
REPORTER: Mulgrew and a number of City Council Members say any federal money secured for school construction must not replace city funds.
The House passed a $819-billion stimulus package on Tuesday. The bill will go to the Senate for a vote next.